A Short History of Afternoon Tea

There is a great deal more to afternoon tea than tea.  This quintessential English tradition is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new custom . Whilst drinking tea was popularised in England during the 1660’s, it was not until the 1830’s that…


Mother’s Day at Swan

From breakfast and brunch through to afternoon tea, sparkling cocktails and our special set menu, we have got you covered this Mother’s Day. With hearty stacks of buttermilk pancakes and a cracking Eggs Royale, our brunch menu is an excellent…


Swan in Bloom

The talented florists at The Swan Flower Company created a beautiful midsummer’s garden in the Balcony Room, with tumbling wisteria and overflowing florals as part of our 2018 summer pop up. By day we served our A Midsummer Night’s Dream…


New flavours introduced to our Afternoon Tea Menu

Our A Midsummer Night’s Dream afternoon tea is inspired by the characters’ journeys in Shakespeare’s great romantic comedy. From the apricots that Titania feeds to Bottom and the mulberries on the lovers’ tree, to the ‘nodding violets’ that grow upon…


Shakespeare in Love

The big day is fast approaching, and the annual race to find somewhere loved-up but safe from saccharine is on once more. Sitting by the river, next to The Globe (surely the capital’s most romantic theatre) and in eyeshot of…


Afternoon Tea: an English classic that’s bang in season

There are few things so quintessentially English as the Afternoon Tea. Dating back to the 1800s, it was invented by the aristocrat Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who wanted something to combat that ‘sinking feeling’ in the afternoon, after…


Father’s Day Lunch at the Swan with Gentleman’s Tea

We were featured in The Resident this week at http://www.theresident.co.uk/london-culture-events/5-south-east-london-treats-dad-fathers-day/ – for our Gentleman’s Tea option that would be a perfect fit for Father’s Day in London (which is on Sunday June 19th, 2016 by the way). Our Gentleman’s Tea…


Luxury London Features Swan At The Globe

April 23rd 2016 marks 400 years since legendary British playwright William Shakespeare died. Luxury London rounded up its top picks on how to mark the occasion, including a feature / review on the restaurant. It talks about the new refurbishment…


A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea – Coming Soon

This April, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23rd April, and Emma Rice’s staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe Theatre, Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe will launch A Midsummer Night’s Dream themed afternoon tea. Inspired…


Afternoon Tea Featured in Evening Standard

The Evening Standard’s website featured Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe with a piece on the Midsummer Night’s Dream afternoon tea, noting how guests can “enjoy the sweet and savoury menu that closely relates to the characters, food and drink presented in Shakespeare’s…

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